(Above image: Our oncology physiotherapist Megan Schmidt, left, and Tracy Hickman)
Cancer patient runs Chicago Marathon weeks after chemotherapy
One of our inspiring patients, Tracey Hickman shares her story and explains how exercise helped her to get through her cancer treatment:
Tracey completed the Chicago Marathon just weeks after finishing chemotherapy.
Tracey Hickman, 45, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy.
She started training for the marathon in June, and despite being tired and nauseous from treatment, she completed the 42.2km (about 26.22 mi) race in 5 hours and 40 minutes.
"It was an amazing feeling to cross the finish line," she said. "It was a really tough but rewarding experience."
Tracey said she was inspired to run the marathon by her two young children, and wanted to show them that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
"I wanted to prove to them that you can still achieve your dreams, even when you're going through tough times," she said.
Tracey said she was grateful for the support of her family, friends, and medical team throughout her treatment.
"I couldn't have done it without them," she said.
Tracey is now cancer-free and is planning to run more marathons in the future
"I want to show other cancer patients that they can still live their lives to the fullest," she said.
The article also includes a quote from Tracey's oncologist, Dr. Megan Schmidt, who said that exercise can be an important part of cancer treatment.
"Exercise can help to improve physical fitness, reduce fatigue, and boost mood," Dr. Schmidt said. "It can also help to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence."
Tracey ends with advice for other cancer patients who are interested in getting involved in physical activity.
"If you're a cancer patient, I encourage you to talk to your doctor about starting an exercise program," Tracey said. "It can make a big difference."
Read the full article at Stuff.co.nz.
Feb 16 2020